first_imgFifa president Sepp Blatter has slammed the pace of Brazil’s preparations for this year’s World Cup, taking place from June 12 to July 13.The tournament hosts failed to meet several Fifa deadlines for venues – including the Sao Paulo Stadium where two workers died in November – prompting Blatter’s disapproval. “Brazil has now come to realise that they started too late,” Blatter was quoted as saying by 24 heures.”They are the country who are the most delayed in terms of World Cup organisation since I have been at Fifa, even though they had such a long time [seven years] to prepare.”Last year’s Confederations Cup was marred by civilian protests against the costs of the World Cup, amongst other grievances.Blatter, however, feels it is unlikely Fifa’s flagship event will be targeted in a similar fashion.  “I am an optimist, not a pessimist. Football will be protected,” he said. “I believe that Brazilians will not attack football directly. This is the sport’s home, it’s a religion.”But we know there will be new demonstrations, protests. Last year, they were born of social networks. There was no goal, but at the World Cup they will be more directed, more structured.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement 1l9ae4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8cgmncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E70jxc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tr460qWould you ever consider trying this?😱tqqCan your students do this? 🌚4eRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sania Mirza’s challenge in her career was not just the struggle to be the best but a societal pressure to follow the stereotypical role of an woman in Indian society was perhaps her biggest challenge.Advertisement Mirza , India’s most iconic lawn tennis player put India on the tennis map when she reached a world ranking of 27 in 2007. However, if she had listened to society , she wouldn’t have been the star she is today.Advertisement “To start with, parents, neighbours, aunties and the uncles (need to) stop telling you how dark you will become and no one will marry you if you play a sport. I was just eight (when this came up) and everybody thought nobody is going to marry me because I would get dark. I thought to myself I am just a kid, I’ll be fine,” said the 32-year-old.“It is so deeply embedded, this culture about how a girl needs to be pretty and by that also one means fair, I don’t know why. This culture has to change,” added the Hyderabadi, who also has 41 WTA doubles titles to her credit and was the world No.1 in women’s doubles in 2015.Advertisement “I feel proud that I had, may be, a little part to play in women taking up sport. The only sportswoman I could look up to was PT Usha and she was a couple of generations before me. Today we can name PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Dipa Karmakar, so many of them,” she said.“We still have some way to go…I still don’t think there are equal opportunities. But we have superstars now and they are the biggest in sports outside cricket. Imagine what will happen they actually get equal opportunities,” she asserted.“I was at the Mumbai airport, a gentleman came and told me that ‘motherhood is suiting you’. He took a picture and asked me where my son was, I told him he is in Hyderabad. His next sentence was ‘you should be with him’.“I told him ‘where is your child?’ He said ‘at home’. I told him ‘well you should be with him too’. He didn’t think that there was anything insulting to ask me that,” she recalled.However , it wasn’t just strangers who posed such awkward questions for Sania.“In my case, questions came from close family members, not outsiders. They (close family members) are the ones who question you the most and make you doubt yourselves,” revealed the United Nations’ Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLONG BRANCH – The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host the 8th Annual David S. Zocchi Memorial Golf Outing on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Manasquan River Golf Club.The event benefits the family support programs offered by the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center, including Camp Jinka and Brainstorm, as well as national advocacy efforts.Camp Jinka is a free summer program offered to kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by the diagnosis of a brain tumor. The camp offers creative activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience. Brainstorm is a dialogue and education program designed to teach brain tumor patients, caregivers and supporters about the condition while providing them with the tools necessary to navigate the many challenges they will face.David S. Zocchi battled brain cancer for nearly six years before passing away in 2005. The David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center in the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center opened in 2007. It is the first hospital in central and southern New Jersey dedicated to providing a full spectrum of comprehensive services to treat benign and malignant tumors originating in the brain and spinal cord, as well as neurological complications of cancer that has spread to other regions of the body.In addition to offering cutting-edge and specialized treatment, the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center offers support programs for patients, caregivers and families of patients who are undergoing treatment for central nervous system (CNS) cancers or who have suffered loss of a loved one.Check in for the golf outing begins at 10:30 a.m. with tee-off at noon. Tickets are $350 for an individual golfer and include green fees, carts, prizes, lunch and a cocktail reception with dinner. Non-golfers, who wish to show their support, can purchase tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner for $100 per person.The Manasquan River Golf Club is located at 843 Riverview Drive in Brielle.Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For more information or to register, visit read more

first_img(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A trained bonobo has been filmed making simple stone tools.  Does that qualify for genius status?In a shameless headline to lessen the gulf between apes and humans, New Scientist reporter Hannah Krakauer announced, “Bonobo genius makes stone tools like early humans did.”   Without diminishing Kanzi’s engineering feats with rocks, it seems a stretch for Krakauer to claim, “he now seems capable of making stone tools on a par with the efforts of early humans.”  Further reading shows that Kanzi had been taught toolmaking skills by trainers, including how to knap flint flakes for cutting.  His bonobo companion did not learn as well.  Krakauer was astonished at the resemblance of Kanzi’s handwork to “early hominid tools.”  Only at the end of the article did she fess up that the headline might be overblown:Do Kanzi’s skills translate to all bonobos? It’s hard to say. The abilities of animals like Alex the parrot, who could purportedly count to six, and Betty the crow, who crafted a hook out of wire, sometimes prompt claims about the intelligence of an entire species. But since these animals are raised in unusual environments where they frequently interact with humans, their cases may be too singular to extrapolate their talents to their brethren.The findings will fuel the ongoing debate over whether stone tools mark the beginning of modern human culture, or predate our Homo genus. They appear to suggest the latter – though critics will point out that Kanzi and his companion were taught how to make the tools. Whether the behaviour could arise in nature is unclear.But if it’s unclear, why did she claim the ape’s toolmaking was on par with that of early humans she never saw?  Maybe those early humans made saddles, too, that left no trace because they were made of wood and leather.  Meanwhile, over at Live Science, Charles Q. Choi leapt to the same conclusion as Krakauer, claiming that the observation “may shed light on the mental capabilities of the last common ancestor of humans and these apes….”  He wrote similar things for an article posted on PhysOrg.  After the flashy headlines come the admissions that the way these animals were raised could be essential to the story, and that such behaviors were not observed in the wild.  Emphasis was also lacking on another question: if apes make stone tools, will this compromise a primary criterion for hominids by paleoanthropologists?OK, if it is unclear the behavior could arise in nature, why are you reporting it?  Come back when you have something clear to say.  Meanwhile, stop extrapolating this dumb pet trick into an evolutionary story about how humans arose from apes.If it would be inappropriate to make sexist conclusions out of the observation that Kanzi  made more tools than his female companion Pan-Banisha, then it is wrong to make evolutionary conclusions out of artificial training.  Clearly many animals are intelligent.  If crows and dolphins had hands, they might be better toolmakers than the bonobos.  Human trainers routinely train sea lions, elephants and horses to do all kinds of neat tricks.  Your own dog can be trained to catch frisbees and herd sheep in response to whistles.  The only reason these people get all Darwin starry-eyed over Kanzi is that they need the common ancestry line to emerge from apes, not dogs and dolphins.  Evolution is conclusion looking for support after the faith commitment has been made.last_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s airlines will join scores of others in facing the prospect of adopting a world-first international industry carbon offset scheme after the federal government agreed to participate on a voluntary basis from 2021.Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development acting deputy secretary Pip Spence confirmed that Australia had volunteered to participate in the initial phase of the scheme during a recent Senate committee hearing.Spence said the decision by Australia to participate meant Virgin Australia and Qantas would be required to find carbon offsets from 2021.The International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 191 member states reached an historic agreement in October to implement the global scheme, known as the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The world’s first global industry pollution agreement will start as a voluntary scheme from 2021 to 2026 on international flights between participating states. It will then become mandatory across the aviation industry. Airlines will have to buy carbon credits to offset the growth in emissions, a move that has raised concerns in some states about costs.How much the initial scheme will cost airlines depends on factors that include the size of their international network and where they fly, the growth in traffic  (and hence emissions) and the price of carbon offsets in each year.  ICAO modelling suggests the scheme may cost airlines globally about $US2.2 billion in 2025, or about a quarter of a per cent of industry revenue. This could rise to $US4.3 billion by 2030, or about 0.4 per cent of what is expected to be global airline revenue at that time.A look at individual routes that assumed a current model Airbus A380 was flying between Dubai and Sydney in 2030 put the offset cost at between $US2,524 and $US6,585. By way of comparison, ICAO calculated the cost of fuel on that flight, based on last northern summer’s lower fuel prices, topped $US83,000.CORSIA will also include provisions to deal with special circumstances such as those of fast-growing airlines and airlines which have made significant investments to improve environmental performance already.Other countries to sign on for the voluntary phase include the United Arab Emirates, the US and European states but not every state was keen to participate in the launch. Those that said they wouldn’t include Russia and India. Nonetheless, more than 65 countries signed up for the voluntary part of the agreement from day one and the Air Transport Action Group estimated at the time that this meant that more than 80 per cent of the total growth in CO2 after 2020 will be covered.The scheme will see an airline’s emissions monitored and reports checked by independent verification agencies. Airlines will submit a report to governments and they will work together through ICAO to work out how much CO2 needs to be offset.Airlines then buy the appropriate number of offset units generated by a range of climate projects that must meet globally recognised standards to ensure the CO2 savings they generate are real.Once an offset unit is used by an airline it is cancelled to ensure it can’t be used again and the use of the offsets is monitored through a global registry linked to those maintained by individual countries.Both Qantas and Virgin welcomed Australia’s move to sign up for the voluntary phase of the global offset scheme and already have a lengthy track record when it comes to environmental initiatives. They believe they are well prepared for the scheme’s introduction but say it is too early to say how much it will cost them.Qantas has been a supporter of a global market-based mechanism and has been running a voluntary program for customers for a decade. It also rolled out a corporate program, Future planet, about 18 months ago.Qantas officials believe the airline’s relationship with offset providers and its experience in the field will allow it quickly adopt the CORSIA requirements.“The ICAO agreement last October was a big step towards the aviation industry’s goal of carbon-neutral growth, and it says a lot about the leadership airlines have shown on climate change,’’ a spokesman said. “We’ll be monitoring the development of the market mechanism through IATA but we’re very comfortable with the basic framework.  The Qantas Group’s offset program is the biggest of its kind in the world – so we’ve got a lot of experience in carbon markets.   “The CORSIA agreement doesn’t change the fact that there are plenty of other environmental priorities for airlines to work on between now and 2021, including fleet renewal, using big data to find ways of flying more efficiently and building up a viable biofuels sectors.“We’re looking at all those areas as opportunities for Qantas.”   Virgin has also been active in environmental issues and has a voluntary carbon offset scheme for passengers.Other initiatives include a partnership with Air New Zealand looking at ways to source locally produced biofuels. The airlines recently announced a short list of companies with which they can work on strengthening the commercial case for biofuel investment. “The Virgin Australia Group welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to participate in the CORSIA scheme,’’ a spokeswoman said. “The Virgin Australia Group is committed to minimising carbon emissions in the aviation industry and collaborates with government and industry stakeholders on measures to reduce emissions, including the establishment of CORSIA.“We will continue to work closely with the Federal Government and the International Civil Aviation Organization on the implementation of CORSIA.”last_img read more

first_img21 November 2012South Africa’s Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) raked in R4.1-billion in new investments in 2011-12, exceeding its targeted number of new investors, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says in its annual report.“The current value of operating investments and those in the pipeline now exceeds R15-billion, the bulk of which comprises alternative energy (R6.4-billion), downstream metals (R4-billion), and automotive manufacturing and components (R3-billion),” the state-owned company said in a statement on Wednesday.The Coega IDZ is located adjacent South Africa’s new deep-water Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, which falls under the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.The CDC, tasked with attracting investors and tenants to the IDZ and the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park, has signed 36 lease agreements with investors since its inception. The IDZ and logistics park had 21 operating investors as of 2011-12.Tabling the CDC’s annual report in the Bhisho legislature in the Eastern Cape earlier this month, chief executive Pepi Silinga said the National Treasury’s budget allocations to the CDC had been reduced from R626-million in 2010-11 to R336-million in 2011-12 as the organisation moved to generate income outside of the government’s grant.“Starting with self-generated revenue of less than R10-million in 2004, last year the CDC generated just over R220-million, which represents about 70% of the grant funding received from government and is a major achievement in the light of South Africa’s continuing power crisis and the ongoing global economic turmoil.”The CDC’s revenue totalled R579-million for 2011-12 (compared to R773-million in 2010-11), while total assets as of 31 March 2012 were R3.88-billion (R3.7-billion in 2010-11).Silinga said that 8 898 jobs had been created in the course of the financial year, made up of 7 258 jobs in provincial and IDZ construction activities, and 1 640 direct operational jobs in IDZ and logistics park investment projects.The CDC had also stimulated growth for small businesses in the Eastern Cape, which had benefited from a 31% overall share of the company’s procurement.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAn emergency water conservation campaign in California to cut consumption by 25% also saved enough electricity over a nine-month period to power 135,000 homes for a year, according to an analysis from the University of California-Davis.The savings of 922,543 megawatt-hours of electricity between June 2015 and this past February surprised even officials of the State Water Resources Control Board, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times. Max Gomberg, the board’s conservation manager, called the numbers “surprisingly large,” adding, “I was pleasantly surprised at the magnitude of the action.”Researchers at the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE) worked with data provided by the state’s electric utilities and water districts, required as part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s water conservation emergency order. They found that lower electricity use last summer equaled the savings of all energy-efficiency programs offered by major investor-owned utilities, but at less than one-third the cost, The Times said. Water consumption uses lots of energyThe region’s water distribution system is an “emerging target” for efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the CWEE says. Some 20% of the electricity and 30% of the non-power-plant natural gas consumed in California is used to produce, move, treat, and heat water.Water conservation efforts from June 2015 through April have saved more than 423 billion gallons. Winter rains and snow allowed energy measures to be rolled back, pleasing water districts in San Diego County. But the UC Davis analysis prompted some advocates to promote continued vigilance.“One of the things this Davis report shows, which people in the water sector have known for a long time, is if you really want to get a handle on climate change, you can’t do it without water conservation,” Bruce Reznick, executive director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper, told the newspaper.CWEE Director Frank Loge said researchers were “quite surprised” by the analysis.“The actual energy saved is quite a bit greater than our analysis,” he said. “Our analysis is quite conservative. I think one of the biggest lessons for me and others in the state as we begin to think about the path forward is the real potential to invest energy efficiency money into water conservation.”Even as conservation efforts are eased, California residents are using less water. A report published by Water Deeply said that average use in April was 77 gallons per person per day, compared with 104 gallons in the same month in 2013, a decline of 26%.The website said that the energy savings resulting from water conservation meant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of 219,653 metric tons — the same effect as removing 50,000 cars from the road. RELATED ARTICLES Saving Energy by Saving WaterSaving Water — Saving Energycenter_img Between July and September, utilities offered incentives — such as upgrades to appliances, more efficient lighting and air-conditioning equipment — that reduced energy consumption by about 460 gigawatt-hours. The programs cost about $172 million. Reductions in water use had the effect of reducing the state’s energy use by 460 gigawatt-hours but cost $44.8 million.Energy savings were probably even higher, The Times said, because the UC Davis study did not account for the electricity used to treat water after discharge from homes and factories.“Water and energy resource systems are fundamentally interrelated,” a CWEE report says. “Secure, reliable access to both resources is critical to basic survival, as well as ongoing economic development, at all scales and in every region of the world. Water is required to make energy, and energy is required to treat and move water — a relationship we call the ‘water-energy nexus.’ “last_img read more

first_imgUnrelenting downpour since Friday morning has brought Kolkata to its knees. Heavy rains coupled with strong winds have resulted in waterlogging in several parts of the city.Kolkata Police and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) have pressed emergency services into action amid reports of trees being uprooted in many areas.There is major traffic congestion in the city, with the traffic police trying to divert the flow.Both domestic and international flight operations have been delayed due to turbulent weather. Around 12 flights have been diverted from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport.Water-logging has been reported from Park Circus, Camac Street, Central Avenue, Gol Park and Bijon Setu area.A flank of road in Mukundpur in south Kolkata has been blocked after a tree fell on the road.There has been a sudden power failure at Palmer-bazar pumping station in south Kolkata. Eleven pumps have stopped functioning because of the power failure causing a major crisis in the sewerage and drainage systems.KMC officials are at their wit’s end to drain out water from water-logged streets because of the lack of pumps.The weather department says that there is a trough of low pressure along the Indo-Bangladesh border. The weatherman has predicted heavy rains in Kolkata in the next 24 hours. While the state government has issued a general warning, fishermen have been asked not to go to the sea.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLionel Messi’s leave of absence from Argentina’s national team will extend to at least November, the Albiceleste’s interim coach Lionel Scaloni has said.Speaking to reporters at FIFA’s The Best awards ceremony in London on Monday, Scaloni said Messi would not return for friendlies against Iraq and Brazil in Saudi Arabia next month, Xinhua news agency reported.”Messi won’t be called up. I have spoken with him and it’s best that he doesn’t come back for now,” said Scaloni, who was appointed caretaker manager after the July sacking of Jorge Sampaoli.Argentina will meet Iraq in Riyadh on October 12 and Brazil in Jeddah four days later. The two-time World Cup winners will then play their final matches of 2018 during FIFA’s November 12-20 international friendly window.Messi was left out of Argentina’s squad for friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia earlier this month, having requested a break from international football following the team’s erratic World Cup campaign.Argentina were eliminated in the round of 16 in Russia by eventual champions France, with Messi scoring just once in four matches.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been in the eye of a massive storm following their sexist and racists comments on a popular TV show, Koffee With Karan. After making misogynistic comments on the show, Hardik Pandya took to Twitter to tender an apology. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was not satisfied with the apology and put the two cricketers under provisional suspension and asked them return home from Australia.The TV show was aired on January 6. In the show, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents.The Baroda all-rounder received a further setback when Gillette terminated its contract him. Pandya was also replaced in the team by Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the ongoing ODI series in Australia and India’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand later this month.The duo was also slammed by legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar and World Cup-winning spinner Harbhajan Singh for their controversial remarks.As the controversy rages on, here is a look at the timeline of events that led to the suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul:KL RAHUL AND HARDIK PANDYA APPEAR ON KOFFEE WITH KARANKL Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show with teammate and all-rounder Hardik Pandya.advertisementDuring an hour-long show, Pandya and Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”When Karan asked him who he thought should go for therapy, Rahul said: “I think Virat. He needs to calm down. I keep telling him, he’s just, he has never had a holiday mode. He’s always like ‘work, work, work’.”When Karan asked whom would you take fitness advice from? Pandya said “Virat”.Award for the best prankster? Then also he chose “Virat”. And the award for the most romantic? Rahul said: “Again, Virat”.Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses.While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who got carried away and never really seemed like he quite understood what he was saying throughout the hour-long show.PANDYA APOLOGISESHardik Pandya landed himself in deep trouble after appearing on Karan Johar’s show Koffee with Karan. His comments did not go down well with his fans and followers of the popular talk show and took to Twitter to apologise for his comments.”After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way.”Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect,” Pandya posted on Twitter.HARDIK DRAWS BCCI IREPandya’s apology came a little too late with the BCCI taking note of what all was said. It is understood that a section of the BCCI wants it’s decision makers to penalise Hardik Pandya for his comments on Koffee with Karan.”What Hardik has spoken at the show speaks poorly of the BCCI and Indian cricket. An apology is not enough and strong action should be taken so that right example can be set for the younger generation,” an official said.advertisementHARDIK, RAHUL ASKED TO EXPLAIN CONTROVERSIAL COMMENTSThe Committee of Administrators issued a show cause notice to the two Indian cricketers, Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul, and sought an explanation within 24 hours for their remarks on women on a TV show.The show cause came hours after Pandya apologised for making remarks that were construed as misogynist and sexist on celebrity chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show.”We have sent show cause notices to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their comments. They have given 24 hours to give an explanation,” CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.BCCI CONSIDERS BARRING PLAYERS FROM NON-CRICKET SHOWSCriticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass. According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.”It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source told PTI.HARDIK RESPONDS TO BCCI SHOW CAUSE NOTICEHardik Pandya responded to the BCCI show cause notice by saying that he was “sincerely regretful” for the comments he made on the TV show.In his response to the notice, which gave him 24 hours to explain himself, Pandya said he did not realise that his comments would be found offensive.”I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful,” he wrote in his response, which is in PTI’s possession.”I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light. I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent to which my statements would be found offensive,” he added.The 25-year-old, who is here for the ongoing series against Australia, vowed never to repeat the behaviour.”Rest assured I hold the BCCI in highest regard and will exercise complete discretion and prudence to ensure that such incidents are never repeated in future,” he said.BCCI RAISES HONEY TRAP CONCERNSBCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary has warned Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s infamous comments on TV show Koffee With Karan could leave them susceptible to approaches from bookies. Chaudhary feared the players could be targeted by organized syndicates indulging in match-fixing through honey trap route.In an internal communication to BCCI COA member Diana Edulji, accessed by India Today, Chaudhary writes, “It must be noted that the comments such as the ones that have been made would definitely have painted a large, red target on the back of the players for potential recruiters for the organized syndicates who attempt to indulge in match-fixing across the globe.advertisement”The very first caution that the ICC Anti-Corruption officers give in a briefing to the players is to beware of situations of honey traps and the comments made on the show make it seem that the players may just be ripe for the plucking.”KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were the first set of cricketers to appear on Koffee With Karan, an entertainment chat show, notorious for opening up celebrities on their personal lives.HARDIK PANDYA’S FATHER DEFENDS UNDER-FIRE CRICKETRHardik Pandya’s father has jumped to the defence of his son, who has been facing severe criticism over his infamous comments.Reacting to the criticism, Pandya’s father Himanshu told mid-day: “I don’t think people should read too much into his comments. It was an entertainment show and his comments were made in a light-hearted manner.”He was only looking to entertain the audience. So, it [his comments] should not be viewed very seriously or negatively. He is an innocent boy with a very fun-loving nature.”VIRAT KOHLI REACTSIndia captain Virat Kohli slammed all-rounder Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul for the sexist and misogynistic comments they made on the TV show.”We as the Indian cricket team and responsible cricketers don’t align with those views, those were individual opinions. We are still waiting for a decision to be made,” Kohli said at a press conference in Sydney.DIANA EDULJI WANTS PANDYA, RAHUL TO BE PUT UNDER SUSPENSION PENDING INQUIRYCommittee of Administrators member Diana Edulji recommended “suspension till further action” against India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul after the BCCI legal team refused to declare their outrage-evoking comments on women a violation of the code of conduct.Edulji had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after COA chief Vinod Rai agreed with her and recommended the same.”It is imperative that players be put under suspension till further course of action is decided for this misconduct as was done in case of (BCCI) CEO (Rahul Johri) when he was sent on leave on sexual harassment matter,” read Edulji’s response to the legal opinion which is in possession of PTI.”Based on legal opinion and the final procedure is laid down to address this issue, will recommend that communication is sent to concerned players and team immediately,” Edulji wrote in response to recommendations from the Board’s legal firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.PANDYA, RAHUL SUSPENDED, TO RETURN HOMEHardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul have been suspended until a pending investigation into their controversial comments.”Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry,” PTI quoted Committee of Administrators chief Vindo Rai as saying.”The duo are being sent back. If they can book tickets then tomorrow or at least by day after. At this point their chances of making it to the New Zealand tour is also bleak,” said a senior BCCI official.A source in the BCCI also told the PTI that the two cricketers will be issued fresh show cause notices.”Whether it will be an internal committee of the BCCI or an ad hoc ombudsman who will conduct an inquiry, is yet to be ascertained,” the official said.’NOT COOL’Harbhajan Singh has slammed KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya who have been suspended by the BCCI over their controversial comments during an appearance on a popular television show, Koffee With Karan.”It [the suspension] was bound to happen. The BCCI has taken the right decision. That’s the way forward too. In this case, there was a lot of talk about sexism, racism and other ill-natured comments. You don’t tell these kinds of things on national television. We don’t even discuss these things with our friends,” Harbhajan told India Today on Friday.”They have openly said.. ‘I have done this, I have done that’. It was shocking to me. Many of my seniors, my friends have been talking about it and it has been shocking to all of them.”He [Hardik] tried to look cool on TV by putting other players also on the same level. People might think that Harbhajan Singh is one of them, Anil Kumble is also one of them and Sachin Tendulkar is also one of them. We are not like them.”This is wrong. They need to understand they play cricket and people treat them as gods. They can’t go out and say such things while pretending to be cool. You’re making fool out of yourself. This definitely was going to happen.”GAVASKAR WELCOMES BCCI MOVEFormer India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar had lauded the BCCI for suspending Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul and asking them to return home from Australia where Team India are playing a three-match ODI series.Gavaskar insisted that suspended players shouldn’t be rubbing shoulders with their teammates in the dressing room. The batting great’s comments come after media reports claimed that the India team management was mulling to keep Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with the team despite the BCCI suspending them until a pending inquiry.”They [the BCCI] have dealt with it [the controversy]. From what I read in the newspapers today, they have sent them back or asked them to come back. That’s a right way to send a signal,” Gavaskar told Sony Six on Saturday.”If you do things that bring your team and the game into disrepute, then you can’t be part of the team. Of course, the inquiry will then establish what further action, if at all needed, has to be taken.”They have been asked to come back and I believe it’s the correct step because you can’t have suspended players travelling with the team or staying in the same room. They have got to be kept away. Otherwise what’s the point of the suspension? If they are going to enjoy the perks of being with the team.”VINOD RAIN WANTS QUICK INQUIRY, EDULJI FEARS COVER UPCommittee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick inquiry into much-criticised comments made by suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul but Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a “cover up” job.The two-member Committee of Administrators (COA) is yet again divided and this time on how the inquiry into the latest controversy should be conducted.”We should be in no hurry to conduct the inquiry as it would then look like a cover up job being done,” Edulji wrote in her email response after Rai wanted inquiry to be completed quickly as team strength has gone down from 15 to 13.”We must take a view by the time second ODI gets over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour on the part of some player,” Rai had written.PANDYA LOSES GILLETTE ENDORSEMENTHardik Pandya received a further setback. Hardik Pandya has lost his endorsement deal with Gillette after the Koffee with Karan controversy. Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended and have been ordered to return home from Australia following their sexist comments on the TV show.GILL, SHANKAR REPLACE RAHUL, PANDYAShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have been named replacements for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for the remainder of the ODI series in Australia and the limited-over series in New Zealand. Pandya and Rahul were suspended and ordered to return home after their controversial comments on TV show Koffee with Karan.Vijay Shankar, who made his T20I debut in March 2018, will join the India squad ahead of the second ODI against Australia, on January 15 in Adelaide. Meanwhile, Gill, who has earned a senior national team call-up for the first time, will join the team only during the New Zealand tour, consisting of five ODIs and three T20Is from January 23.BABUL SUPRIYO SLAMS EDULJI OVER HARDIK, RAHUL SUSPENSIONSUnion Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Babul Supriyo has slammed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) member, Diana Edulji for trying to “destroy” the careers of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have been suspended pending an inquiry over their “inappropriate comments” on a popular television show.Supriyo, also a playback singer, expressed concerns with the way senior BCCI officials have handled the situation and added Edulji had contemplated extreme steps with regards to the punishments meted out to Hardik and Rahul.”With due & utter respect to Diana Edulji & her contribution to Indian cricket, May I say that her thinking has got ‘fossil’ to contemplate such extreme stepsWhat Hardik said is deplorable but their has to be some prudence in the way such senior minds handle the young ones (sic),” Supriyo wrote on Twitter.”There is ‘Thick’ line between reprimanding someone and destroying them !! My plea to these seniors : please behave your ages gentlemen & ladies.. Rest my case (sic).”PANDYA AND RAHUL TENDER UNCONDITIONAL APOLOGYSuspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have tendered unconditional apologies to the seven-day show cause notice issued to them by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).Both the players were asked to return home from the Australia tour following the suspension order.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai has now referred the matter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who will investigate the case further. Johri is supposed to submit his findings in no more than 15 days.”Yes, Hardik and Rahul have submitted their reply to the fresh showcause notices that were served to them. They have tendered unconditional apology. The CoA chief has instructed the CEO to conduct an inquiry as per clause 41 (c) of the new BCCI constitution,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.last_img read more